Where to Eat in Helsinki: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 21, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Sitting on the edge of the Baltic, the modern, cosmopolitan city of Helsinki is the World Design Capital for 2012. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements and contemporary trends. Walking tours of the city center show layers of history, while modern architecture and cutting-edge style stake the city's claim to the future. Choose Helsinki during its endless summer days or get adventurous on crisp, snowy winter nights.
Things to do in Helsinki

1. Nokka

Kanavaranta 7 F, Helsinki 00160, Finland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$283 - HK$1,146 +358 9 61285600
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 390 reviews

Nokka

Reviewed By ChewInRI - East Greenwich, Rhode Island

I recently had a group business dinner at Restaurant Nooka in Helsinki, and I can honestly say that I left feeling that this was one of the single best meals of my life. What I think made this meal extra special is that this restaurant...MoreThank you for your amazing words of our lovely restaurant! I wish you great spring time and you are more than welcome back to enjoy our atmosphere and Finnish delicacies!

2. Olo Ravintola

Pohjoisesplanadi 5, Helsinki 00170, Finland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$534 - HK$1,091 +358 10 3206250
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 630 reviews

Olo Ravintola

Restaurant Olo treats you to a gastronomic journey filled with Nordic influence. It's all about the best ingredients and clear, modern flavors. Naturally wine plays an integral part in the dining experience. Our cellars are filled with interesting wines, including wines that are exclusively available at Olo. In our restaurant, you can feel the passion for work and food. Everyone in Olo shares that same feeling - love for food. That love and genuine warmth we want you also to feel as our guest. We have been awarded in Michelin Guide with one star since 2011. Welcome to enjoy!

Reviewed By B0J0H - Singapore, Singapore

With a layover in Helsinki, I only had several hours in town.
I chose Olo Ravintola to indulge. What a great choice!
What I liked:
- The local ingredients dictate the menu.
- The variety of flavours is unbelievable.
- The staff is incredibly knowledgeable.
What I didn't like:
- I had to rush off to the airport and skip 3 courses!
(This does give me a reason to go back though ;))
Tip:
Go. Really.
If you only eat at a Michelin star restaurant once in your life, choose Olo Ravintola.

3. Restaurant Savoy

Etelaesplanadi 14 | Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki 00130, Finland Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +358 9 61285349
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 363 reviews

Restaurant Savoy

Established in 1937, since then has restaurant Savoy served it's customers over the rooftops of Helsinki. Long traditions of using local produce, Alvar and Aino Aaltos simple nordic interior design and unique atmosphere are all part of Savoys unique appeal. Food getting inspirations of classics scandinavian and french cuisines. Dress code: smart casual

Reviewed By kattullus - Stockholm, Sweden

Designed by world famous Alvar Aalto and in intact condition since the opening in 1937. Admire the beautiful furniture while enjoying a sumptuous meal. If you are eapecially lucky you will be given Marshall Mannerheim's table where this great culinary connoisseur (among all his other gifts) often sat. Very professional and friendly staff.

4. Ravintola Kuu

Toolonkatu 27, Helsinki 00260, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$181 - HK$494 +358 9 27090973
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 738 reviews

Ravintola Kuu

Reviewed By mrsbenn - Berkshire

A small traditional restaurant serving gourmet Finnish food with excellent service. We loved the whole experience which was not rushed. Recommend one of the set menus of four courses. Each one is beautifully presented and delicious. The service is fantastic - waiters wearing gloves and explaining each dish. An absolute must.

5. Konstan Molja

Hietalahdenkatu 14 | Hietalahdenkatu 14, Helsinki 00180, Finland Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options HK$118 - HK$251 +358 9 6947504
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 795 reviews

Konstan Molja

traditional finish food Restaurant is open Tu-Fri 5.00PM-10.00PM Sat 4.00PM- 11.00PM

Reviewed By Matthew J - Wareham, Dorset. UK

Wonderful selection of Finnish food, perfect for couples and families. All delicious home cooked dishes without exception and a great opportunity to sample local food. Thank you Harry and all the staff for making us all feel so welcome on a cold evening. Highly recommended, make this your first choice.

6. Aito

Museokatu 29, Helsinki 00100, Finland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Scandinavian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Lunch +358 9 4544303
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Aito

Reviewed By HL65 - Heinola, Finland

Before visiting the House of Music in Helsinki we had a lovely dinner in Aito; a small place with a very homely atmosphere. The service was relaxed and friendly and also very efficient. We ate a three course meal from the menu: some cured horse with beans and cottage cheese to start with - excellent ! As main courses we chose pork and whitefish. All portions were immaculate; the pork side was especially delicious.
The considerate waitress suggested us to have some Finnish cheeses in between and we followed the hint. Finally it was time for a dessert: white chocolate with cloudberries and blueberries with rye crumble. Followed by a couple cups of fresh coffee they made this meal a perfect one.
Being a fine dining place this restaurant has a nice and easy-going feeling. We will definitely be back some day!

7. Restaurant Muru

Fredrikinkatu 41, Helsinki 00120, Finland Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$345 - HK$596 +358 300 472335
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 495 reviews

Restaurant Muru

Reviewed By PetteriA2013 - Helsinki, Finland

We visited the restaurant in January. We were expecting a lot since we have read so good reviews. Unfortunately we were not very impressed. Service was ok, they did it with routine, same questions same comments to everyone, like robots were doing the job..
Food was good, but not very impressing. I think we would have been disappointed without the desert, which saved the day. We experienced firework of innovative citrus flavors. I do not know whether we were expecting too much or the kitchen was not having they best evening but something was missing.
I have to admit that they have reasonable prices which force me to give them four stars.

8. Copas y Tapas

Fabianinkatu 16, Helsinki 00100, Finland Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$424 - HK$526 +358 10 3220950
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

Copas y Tapas

Family owned and run restaurant concentrating in local produce in the spirit of "cocina de mercado" - market kitchen. We believe service is what distinquishes restaurants. Food is an essential part of the service experience. Open Tuesday-Friday 16:00-23:00, Saturday 13:00-23:00, Sundays and most public holidays closed

Reviewed By Juho H - Helsinki, Finland

Chose this restaurant for our wedding anniversary and was delighted by the menu - the starters, main courses, cheese, dessert and wines were all excellent. We tried both the fish (which on that day was 'nieriä', a species resembling salmon) and the meat (deer). The starter icluded three small tapas, all very tasty but if I would have to pick a winner it would have been the 'soup' made of cheese foam.
Everything was accompanied with splendidly matching wines, including some really spectacular ones, like the very dry cava and the tasty dessert wine.
The trick about Copas y Tapas is that you have to have flexibility about what you'll eat - you better book a table in advance and won't know the menu before you get there as it depends on season and availability of fresh produce. So you have to be adventurous and be prepared to try new flavours. We realised that many of the portions sounded like ones we wouldn't normally try if we had to pick them from a menu, but were really glad to have tasted them as part of the overall experience.
The waiter serving as was really friendly and shared stories of the wines we were tasting.

9. Ask

Vironkatu 8, Helsinki 00170, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, Scandinavian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +358 40 5818100
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

Ask

Reviewed By karllang2017 - Raseborg, Finland

The athmospere in the restaurant has becam even more cosy and the new chairs
are really made for a 3 - 4 hours sitting.
The service was very warm and inviting, the food was excellent, every dish had something special, the wine tasting menu was superb to the food.
And it is not expensive. 109 € for 10 + 6 courses.
TRY IT!

10. Toca

Unioninkatu 18, Helsinki 00130, Finland Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$628 +358 44 2379922
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Toca

Restaurant Toca is owned by Italian Finnish family and it offers lunch and dinner made with fresh and seasonal ingredients mostly from Finland but also from the rest of the world. The restaurant has only 24 seats so it's better to book a table for dinner which is served from Tuesday to Saturday. No booking for lunch time.

Reviewed By Mr_Pasi - Salo, Finland

Toca was excellent experience. My wife and me took five course menu. Tastes were superb. Selection of wines was even better. When you are on Helsinki you must visit restaurant Toca.

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